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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Work  \Work\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Worked},  or  {Wrought};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Working}.]  [AS.  wyrcean  (imp.  worthe,  wrohte,  p.  p. 
  geworht  gewroht);  akin  to  OFries  werka,  wirka  OS  wirkian 
  D.  werken,  G.  wirken,  Icel.  verka,  yrkja  orka,  Goth. 
  wa['u]rkjan.  [root]145.  See  {Work},  n.] 
  1.  To  exert  one's  self  for  a  purpose;  to  put  forth  effort  for 
  the  attainment  of  an  object;  to  labor;  to  be  engaged  in 
  the  performance  of  a  task,  a  duty,  or  the  like 
  O  thou  good  Kent,  how  shall  I  live  and  work  To 
  match  thy  goodness?  --Shak. 
  Go  therefore  now  and  work  for  there  shall  no  straw 
  be  given  you  --Ex.  v.  18. 
  Whether  we  work  or  play,  or  sleep  or  wake,  Our  life 
  doth  pass.  --Sir  J. 
  2.  Hence  in  a  general  sense  to  operate;  to  act  to  perform; 
  as  a  machine  works  well 
  We  bend  to  that  the  working  of  the  heart.  --Shak. 
  3.  Hence  figuratively,  to  be  effective;  to  have  effect  or 
  influence;  to  conduce. 
  We  know  that  all  things  work  together  for  good  to 
  them  that  love  God.  --Rom.  viii. 
  This  so  wrought  upon  the  child,  that  afterwards  he 
  desired  to  be  taught.  --Locke. 
  She  marveled  how  she  could  ever  have  been  wrought 
  upon  to  marry  him  --Hawthorne. 
  4.  To  carry  on  business;  to  be  engaged  or  employed 
  customarily;  to  perform  the  part  of  a  laborer;  to  labor; 
  to  toil. 
  They  that  work  in  fine  flax  .  .  .  shall  be 
  confounded.  --Isa.  xix.  9. 
  5.  To  be  in  a  state  of  severe  exertion,  or  as  if  in  such  a 
  state;  to  be  tossed  or  agitated;  to  move  heavily;  to 
  strain;  to  labor;  as  a  ship  works  in  a  heavy  sea. 
  Confused  with  working  sands  and  rolling  waves. 
  6.  To  make  one's  way  slowly  and  with  difficulty;  to  move  or 
  penetrate  laboriously;  to  proceed  with  effort;  --  with  a 
  following  preposition,  as  down  out  into  up  through 
  and  the  like  as  scheme  works  out  by  degrees;  to  work 
  into  the  earth. 
  Till  body  up  to  spirit  work  in  bounds  Proportioned 
  to  each  kind  --Milton. 
  7.  To  ferment,  as  a  liquid. 
  The  working  of  beer  when  the  barm  is  put  in 
  8.  To  act  or  operate  on  the  stomach  and  bowels,  as  a 
  Purges  .  .  .  work  best,  that  is  cause  the  blood  so 
  to  do  .  .  .  in  warm  weather  or  in  a  warm  room 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Working  \Work"ing\, 
  a  &  n.  from  {Work}. 
  The  word  must  cousin  be  to  the  working.  --Chaucer. 
  {Working  beam}.  See  {Beam},  n.  10. 
  {Working  class},  the  class  of  people  who  are  engaged  in 
  manual  labor,  or  are  dependent  upon  it  for  support; 
  laborers;  operatives;  --  chiefly  used  in  the  plural. 
  {Working  day}.  See  under  {Day},  n. 
  {Working  drawing},  a  drawing,  as  of  the  whole  or  part  of  a 
  structure,  machine,  etc.,  made  to  a  scale,  and  intended  to 
  be  followed  by  the  workmen.  Working  drawings  are  either 
  general  or  detail  drawings. 
  {Working  house},  a  house  where  work  is  performed;  a 
  {Working  point}  (Mach.),  that  part  of  a  machine  at  which  the 
  effect  required;  the  point  where  the  useful  work  is  done 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  actively  engaged  in  paid  work  "the  working  population"; 
  "the  ratio  of  working  men  to  unemployed";  "a  working 
  mother";  "robots  can  be  on  the  job  day  and  night" 
  [syn:  {working(a)},  {on  the  job(p)}] 
  2:  adequate  for  practical  use  especially  sufficient  in 
  strength  or  numbers  to  accomplish  something  "the  party 
  has  a  working  majority  in  the  House";  "a  working  knowledge 
  of  Spanish" 
  3:  adopted  as  a  temporary  basis  for  further  work  "a  working 
  draft";  "a  working  hypothesis"  [syn:  {working(a)}] 
  4:  (of  e.g.  a  machine)  performing  or  capable  of  performing;  "in 
  running  (or  working)  order";  "a  functional  set  of  brakes" 
  [syn:  {running(a)},  {operative},  {functional},  {working(a)}] 
  5:  serving  to  permit  or  facilitate  further  work  or  activity; 
  "discussed  the  working  draft  of  a  peace  treaty";  "they 
  need  working  agreements  with  their  neighbor  states  on 
  interstate  projects" 
  n  :  a  mine  or  quarry  that  is  being  or  has  been  worked  [syn:  {workings}] 

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